The goal of our Honest to God sermon series is to equip us to actually pray the Psalms. In that light, each week Pastor Matt has been providing a tangible “prayer practice” to help equip us become a people of prayer. 

These practices have been posted to Facebook and Instagram, but we also wanted to send the last two weeks to you here as well. 

Two weeks ago we introduced the ancient prayer practice of Lectio Divina, which Pastor Matt led us through this past Sunday during communion, followed by the introduction of “Sacred Selah” in which he challenged each of us to meditate on a verse or two of Scripture (perhaps using the method of Lectio Divina) and then take a picture from wherever it was we were praying. You should not be in the photo, it should be taken from your perspective. Then send the picture to mtinken@firstfree.com. We’ll likely show them in a slideshow on an upcoming Sunday. 

Below you can find the five movements of Lectio Divina:

Prayer Practice
Lectio Divina
Choose a verse or two of meaningful scripture that delights you or makes you curious and like the Psalmist, meditate on them. Read them a few times slowly, prayerfully, and aware of the Holy Spirit meeting you in the text.
The ancient practice of prayerful meditation of Scripture is called Lectio Divina, and it historically has five movements:
Lectio Divina
1. Silencio - quiet preparation of the heart. Come into God's presence, slow down, relax, and intentionally release the chaos and noise in your mind to him.
2. Lectio- read the word. Read a Scripture passage slowly and out loud, lingering over the words so that they resonate in your heart. When a word or phrase catches your attention, don't keep reading. Stop and attend to what God is saying to you. Be open to the word. Don't analyze it or judge it. Listen and waitn.
3. Meidatio - meditate. Read the Scripture a second time out loud. Savor the words. Listen for any invitation that God is extending to you in this word. Reflect on the importance of the words that light up to you. Like Mary, who pondered the word in her heart, gently explore the ramifications of God's invitation.
Lectio Divina
4. Oratio - respond, pray. Read the Scripture a third time. Now is the moment to enter into a personal dialogue with God. There is no right or wrong way to do this. The important thing is to respond truthfully and authenically. What feelings has the text arounsed in you? Name where you are resistant or want to push back. Become aware of where you feel invited into a deeper way of being with God. Talk to God about these feelings
5. Contempatio - contemplate, rest and wait in the presence of God. Allow some time for the word to sink deeply into your soul. Yield and surrender yourself to God. Before you leave, you might consider a reminder that can help you dwell on or incarnate this word throughout the day.
Taken from "Spiritual Disciplines Handbook" by Adele Calhoun